The Republican leader assured the Kochs and their friends that he would use budget riders to stymie protections for consumers and the economy enacted to avoid a repeat of the financial meltdown. And he expressed contempt for policies that would help the middle class regain its economic footing, such as a minimum-wage increase, extended unemployment benefits and relief from student-loan debt.
"We're not going to be debating all these gosh-darn proposals," McConnell promised if Republicans gain control of the Senate and he becomes its leader.
The recession ended five years ago. Wall Street is setting record highs, yet too many people say they are economically insecure.
Kentucky needs an additional 80,800 jobs to make up for losses in the recession and keep up with the state's 4 percent population growth, according to the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.
A branch of the Kochs' political organization, Americans for Prosperity, recently opened in Kentucky, with the spouse of a McConnell field rep as its director.
On the recently disclosed tape, McConnell is heard thanking the Koch brothers "for the important work you're doing. I don't know where we'd be without you."
What Kentucky voters should think about is where we'd be with them pulling the strings of the U.S. Senate.
The pundits still have McConnell easily rolling to re-election in November. I simply don't think that's the case anymore. The Koch tape and the sudden resignation of McConnell's campaign director over a bribery scandal is going to start having an effect on the polls.
McConnell knows this.